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The Basenji is alert, affectionate, energetic, curious and reserved
with strangers. The Basenji is somewhat aloof, but can also form
strong bonds with people and can become emotionally attached to
a single human. Basenjis may not get along with non-canine pets. It
is commonly patient, but does best with older considerate handlers.
Basenjis dislike wet weather, like to climb, can easily get over chain
wire fences, and are very clever at getting their own way. The
Basenji has the unique properties of not barking (it makes a low,
liquid ululation instead) and cleaning itself like a cat. It can be
described as speedy, frisky, tireless at play, and teasing the owner
into play. Most Basenji problems involve a mismatch between
owner and pet. Basenjis often stand on their hind legs, somewhat
like a meerkat, by themselves or leaning on something; this
behavior is often observed when the dog is curious about
something. Basenjis reveal their animal-of-prey nature by chasing
after fast moving objects that cross their paths.
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The "barkless dog of Africa," the Basenji comes to America via the jungles of the
Congo. Unique not only for his yodel-like voice, this affectionate and aristocratic
canine possesses the grace and cleanliness of a feline, the hunting instincts of a
terrier, the speed of a greyhound and the smarts and naughtiness of a typical
teenager. As a family dog, companion, weekend sports dog and show dog, the
Basenji is a delightful choice for the experienced, patient owner, willing to devote the
necessary time to raise and train this sensitive, independent canine.

Sighthound author, judge and breeder, Juliette Cunliffe provides an insightful retelling
of the Basenji's origins and development in Africa as well as the breed's rise to fame
in the US. The breed's characteristics and breed standard are presented in addition
to excellent advice about selecting, raising and house-training a puppy. All Basenji
owners will welcome the author's helpful chapters on everyday care, including
feeding, grooming and exercise, and obedience training and problem-solving based
on a positive training and commonsense approach. This book is the responsible first
choice of every new owner of a Basenji.
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